Albert Drotleff, 91, of Columbiana passed away on October 6, 2019. Born on July 9, 1928, to Michael and Katherine (Schuler), Albert Drotleff was a lifelong resident of Columbiana. After graduating from Columbiana High School in 1946, he married Mary Lou Zellers in 1951 before being drafted to serve in the US Army of Occupation in Germany during the Korean War.
Al’s many years of working in the grocery business made his a familiar, friendly face in town. He loved talking with customers at A & P, Crawford’s Market, and Drotleff’s Golden Dawn.
Though faced with health challenges that brought retirement from the grocery store, Al continued to stay active by working part time driving cars for Dodge Garage and Columbiana Buick, and helping out at Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home, which brought many interesting adventures. Al was a member of First Christian Church of Columbiana where he was a past deacon, and a member of the American Legion Post #290. Al enjoyed gardening, fishing, golfing and traveling in his free time.
He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife Mary Lou; three children Don (Kathy), Susan, and Mary Ann (Jon) Stephens; grandchildren Grant and Kit Stephens, Tony (Jessie) and Chris (Stephanie) Lowenstein; great grandchildren Carter, Parker, Travis and Sydney; his sister Shirley Bowen and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding Al in death were his parents and siblings Wilhelmina, Alma, Ann, Henry, Fred and Carl.
The family would like to express gratitude for the care and compassion received from Salem Regional Hospital, Assumption Skilled Care, Parkside Healthcare Center and Community Hospice, as well as, neighbors, friends and family. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the First Christian Church of Columbiana, 357 North Main St., Columbiana, Oh 44408 or Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave., New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 in Al’s memory.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, October 11, 2019, at Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home, 154 S. Elm St., Columbiana. The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00AM at the funeral home. American Legion Post #290 will render military honors at Columbiana Cemetery following the service in Al’s honor.
The family has entrusted Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana, Ohio with the arrangements for their loved one.
Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.